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December 2009

Pierre Menard Home

6, Pierre Menard Home Christmas Open House state historic site at 4230 Kaskaskia Road in Ellis Grove. Home of the first Lt. Governor of Illinois. Home decorated inside and out. Refreshments served by volunteers dressed in 1840’s period clothing. For information visit or call 618-859-3031.

2, Annual Christmas Concert sponsored by the United Churches of Galena. Musicians, vocalists, choirs, and praise bands. 7:00 p.m. at St. Michael Church, 227 S. Bench St. in Galena. Reception to follow in Dolan Hall. Contact information 815-777-2108.

4-5, Annual Dickens on the Square holiday celebration on Courthouse Square in downtown Macomb. Dickens era characters in period costumes strolling the downtown area. Live music and refreshments. For more information log on to or call 309-837-4855.

4-6, Holiday Lights at the Henson Robinson Zoo 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. in Springfield. Tour the zoo decked out for the holidays with thousands of lights and light displays. Admission $2.50 for adults, $1.50 for children, or bring a new unwrapped toy donation for Toys for Tots for free admission! For information visit or call 217-753-6217.

5, Annual 4-H Foundation Christmas Craft Show 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Farm Bureau Hall in east Pittsfield. Concessions available. Door prizes and Longaberger baskets raffle. Free admission. Booth space available. For information call 217-285-5543.

5-6, Julmarknad Christmas Market. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. in Bishop Hill. Traditionally decorated shops and museums. Encounter Swedish folk characters roaming the village. Special music, Swedish foods, unique gifts and more. Chocolate Walk at Steeple Building. Select homemade chocolate delicacies for your holiday enjoyment. For information call 309-927-3345.

5, McMillan and Life Christmas Tour 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Southern Gospel Music hosted by The Barn located between Tower Hill and Pana. Christmas Cookies! For more information contact Joanne at 217-562-3562 ( or Judy at 217-539-4221 (

5, 12, The 7th Annual Christmas Bazaar, 119 South Appleknocker, Cobden. New and gently used, upscale and handmade items, including Christmas trees, trim, wrap, games and gifts. Shop in a restored 1892 building with old showcases and counters. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 618-893-2567 or 618-893-2865.

6, Annual 1830’s Christmas Breakfast at the Macktown Living History Center 2221 Freeport Rd in Rockton. Step back in time and duplicate a historic, festive Christmas meal. The menu includes French-Canadian tourtiere meat pie, apples browned in butter with brown sugar and cinnamon, johnny cake and more! Period music and entertainment presented by reenactors in 1830’s style clothing. For more information visit or call 815-624-4200.

11-12, Lucia Nights Festival of Lights. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. “Lucias” serve coffee and sweets in museums and shops. Special music at various village locations. Performers include the Peoria Cooperative Academy Chorale.

12, Open House and Candlelight Tour of Illinois’ Oldest State Capitol building with period music and refreshments at 315 West Gallatin St. Candlelight Shopping sponsored by Vandalia Main St. with live window displays. Open 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. For information contact Mary Cole at 618-283-1161.

12, Annual Christmas Bazaar at the Community Center in Cutler. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Also on Dec. 13th from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. For information call 618-497-2133.

12, The Barn Holiday Dinner 6 p.m. located between Tower Hill and Pana. Reservation required. Tickets $10. For more information contact Joanne at 217-562-3562 or Judy at 217-539-4221.

12, Super Saturday Auld Abe Syne: an 1800s Holiday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Illinois State Museum in Springfield. Go back in time to learn of the nineteenth century holidays. Ongoing activities throughout the day take 30-45 minutes to complete and feature take-home crafts. Parents and families encouraged to participate. Registration is not required for this activity. For more information call 217-782-6044.

12, Annual Christmas House Tour 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. in Golconda. Purchase tickets at Pope Co. Museum on Main St. for $10. Refreshments available. Christmas in the courtyard begins at 5:30 p.m. Depart from museum for candlelight walk and caroling to courtyard. Bonfire, hot chocolate, cookies and visit from Santa. 618-683-9702.

12, 31, Murder Mystery Dinner Theater, It’s a Wonderful Death at Collver Family Winery in Barry. 217-335-3279.

12, Festival of Trees sponsored by Twelfth Street Presbyterian Church, 504 E 12th St in Alton, Ill. Holiday Ham Dinner from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. adults $8, Children 6-10 $5, 5 and under free. Six professionally decorated Christmas trees, holiday shop, boutique, baked goods, homemade candies, jams and apple butter. For information call 618-465-2507.

13, Olde Tyme Christmas Fort Massac State Park, Metropolis. 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. 1700’s decorations with period music and refreshments. 618-524-9321.

19-20, State Street Dance – The Nutcracker 7 p.m. at the Dellora Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham Rd. in St. Charles. For information visit or call 630-584-7200.

19, Christmas at the Mansions in Bloomington from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Tour 4 mansions decorated for Christmas. Tickets: $10/person in advance; $12/person at the door. Free shuttle bus service offered all evening from David Davis Mansion and Wesley United Methodist Church parking lot in Bloomington to all 4 mansions.

20, A Baroque Christmas 7:30 p.m. featuring Handel’s Messiah, part 1 and the Hallelujah chorus, also carols for choir and audience. Holy Cross Catholic Church, 405 W. Clark St. in Champaign. For info visit or call 217-378-6802.

26, Noble Fool Theatre presents Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding 7 p.m. at Pheasant Run Resort and Spa, 4051 E. Main St. in St. Charles. Be a guest at this hysterical mock Italian-American wedding, where you’re part of the family! Includes a ceremony full of mishaps and madcap comedy, cash bar, dinner, music and dancing. Overnight packages available. Admision $69. 630-584-6342.


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